A l l t h e R i g h t M o v e s – U A E
R e m o v a l s , S t o r a g e a n d I n t e r n a t i o n a l S h i p p i n g
Importing Goods Into UAE
Importing Personal Effects
Shipments of household goods and personal effects
are allowed duty free entry, provided that they have
been owned and used prior to importation.
All necessary documentation must be completed and
submitted when requested, before your shipment is
dispatched. Please note that you must be in the country
in order to successfully complete all customs clearance
procedures. All books, CDs, videos, DVDs and magazines
are subject to physical inspection and should be packed
in to separate cartons and marked clearly.
Britannia and our agents will assist you with completion
of customs formalities. To assist us with this please let Transit Times
us have a copy of your passport (and visa if applicable). Groupage or shared load consignments via Dubai usually
The required documentation will be supplied to you on take 8 to 12 weeks door to door. However, this can vary
arrival. To avoid any potential additional charges and depending on volumes being shipped, customs or
delays it is advisable that relevant forms are completed immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions.
and returned promptly to our Agents.
Sole use containers usually take 5 to 6 weeks door
Prohibitions and Restrictions to door.
In general it is in your interest not to import the
following items. Computer Tracking
■ Firearms & ammunition Through satellite and computer technology we are able
■ Inflammable goods & substances to monitor the progress of your consignment.
■ Plants & plant material
■ Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise Bar Coding
■ Alcohol, narcotics and dangerous goods All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they
■ Pornography are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure
that no items are left at origin.
Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of
animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from
home to home. They will coordinate all documentation
and necessary veterinary procedures.
There are few countries outside the EU where it is
practical or possible to send motor vehicles. Your local
Britannia member will be able to guide you further on this.
Welcome To Britannia In UAE
It normally takes 7 to 10 days for customs clearance and
delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs
can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods,
physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any
import duties or taxes. Charges raised by customs or
quarantine officials will be paid for by our Britannia
agents, who will seek reimbursement from yourselves
prior to delivery.
Britannia In UAE
Britannia has established a long standing and successful
relationship with a network of dedicated removers, who
will assist you with your destination services. Their full
Following customs clearance your consignment will be
contact details will be sent to you prior to the forwarding
delivered to your home, if you have paid for a door to
of your consignment. Our agents are part of our extended
door service, on a mutually convenient date. Goods will
Britannia family and we meet with them on a regular
be delivered into your new home and placed in the
basis to ensure high standards of service are maintained.
relevant rooms as directed by you.
Professionally wrapped and packed goods will be
unwrapped and cartons unpacked onto a flat surface.
Should you require storage prior to delivery this can be
arranged. You should expect to pay locally a one off All used packing materials will be removed from site on
storage handling fee, plus a monthly storage charge. the delivery day.
Please ensure that your marine insurance policy is Although, there will be insurance implications, you do
extended for the period of the storage. retain the right not to have some or all items unpacked
or unwrapped should you so choose.
Britannia Movers International is regulated by the Financial
Services Authority and accordingly are authorised to
provide fully comprehensive marine insurance cover.
An insurance pack will be forwarded to you if requested.
Britannia can offer advice and information on a variety of
aspects relating to living in UAE.
YOUR MOVING GUIDE CHECKLIST
Well in advance ■ Motor vehicles – If you are leaving or selling your
Have you done the following? vehicle in the UK you must notify the DVLA to avoid
complications. If you are shipping your vehicle
■ Booked your move date with Britannia
ensure all relevant paperwork is complete. Please
■ Ensured your removal plan fits with your schedule
ask Britannia for guidance on this matter
■ Discussed any potential changes with Britannia
■ Driving Licence – Notify DVLA of your emigration
■ Made us aware of any items requiring extra care and investigate driving licence requirements in
■ Made arrangements to ship your pets with a your new country
specialist company ■ Currency Exchange* - Have you considered the
■ Booked your flights to your new country most efficient and cost effective way of
(if applicable) transferring your money to a new country?
■ Disposed of items not to be shipped Please ask us to provide you with a leaflet on our
special scheme for Britannia customers
In advance ■ Do you need to have your mail forwarded to a
Have you notified the following of changes to your friend/relative’s address in the UK?
personal details? ■ Passports - Have you provided Britannia with
■ Telecoms provider (Mobile + Landline) copies of passports/visas (if required) for all family
■ Satellite company members/people moving with you?
■ Electricity supplier
■ Gas/Oil supplier Shortly before you go
Have you completed these final tasks?
■ Water company
■ Disconnected all appliances
■ Local Council
■ Defrosted and cleaned fridges and freezers
■ TV Licencing
■ Cancelled all regular deliveries (papers/milk)
■ Bank & Mortgage providers
■ HP/Credit Cards/Loan Companies ■ Picked up all items from dry cleaners
■ Ensured all vaccinations and medication have been
Have you considered the following? acquired from your GP
■ Doctor – Have you taken advice on transferring ■ Checked drawers/trunks/lofts for any items that
your medical records, or advice on medical care in have been overlooked
your new country? ■ Taken down any curtains or blinds
■ Dentist/Optician – As above ■ Created a ‘do not remove’ area in the house for
■ Education – Transferred or obtained academic personal baggage items not to be included in your
records of your children and investigated shipment such as handbags, keys, passports,
educational services in your new country tickets and all luggage
■ Insurance – Have you discussed your emigration ■ Packed small valuables separately and left with
with all of your insurance providers? essentials pile in a secure location e.g. jewellery,
■ Income Tax/National Insurance – Have you watches, money etc.
informed your local tax office of your emigration? ■ Confirmed service meter readings and keep records
■ Pension(s) – Have you informed your Pension ■ Switched off power and water supplies
provider(s)? (if necessary)
Tel: 0845 6006661 www.britannia-movers.co.uk
* Britannia's currency exchange scheme is via our partners Currencies Direct - please ask for more details.